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Slit Ends

This here is my dress to impress, but nowhere to go look: an easy going camisole, a sexy skirt with a thigh high slit, and gold shoes. You never know, if last minute plans are in your future, you will always be outfit ready for one. 🙂

Who else loves to dress up on a daily basis? How was everyone’s weekend?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • H&M Tank Top (old); similar here, here and here
  • Altuzarra for Target Jacquard Pencil Skirt, (old); similar here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal in Gold Foil, $79.95
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in ‘Siren In Scarlet’

Fur Old Time

I never really been into fur until I borrowed this jacket from my sister. I loved the way it looked on her New Year’s with her Pixie Market dress. She joined me on the Altuzarra for Target adventure and the jacket was what she got from the whole collection, while I bought one too many pieces! I thought it would be a huge fashion statement if I wore her faux fur over my turtleneck dress for my sister’s Chanel theme birthday party, and keep it on all night. Chanel + party + fur = tres chic. 😉 The only other accessories I added to my look were cocktail rings for some bling against all the black.

Are you adding (faux) fur to your outerwear collection?

What do you think of my sister’s Chanel cake?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Altuzarra For Target Faux Fur Jacket (available via ebay.com); similar here and here
  • American Apparel Turtleneck Dress, $44
  • American Apparel Opaque Pantyhose, $16
  • Forever 21 Strappy Faux Suede Sandals (no longer available); similar here
  • H&M Ring (no longer available); similar here, real Pearls here
  • Letter ‘M’ Ring from So Good Jewelry Boutique in SOHO (going out of business), $1!

This Christmas

I thought it would be a good idea to put on my Christmas Eve outfit this past weekend and take some outfit photos before the rain had a chance to ruin my hair! I’m sure I won’t be able to wear my gown if there’s a down pour, but a gown is another Holiday look I totally approve.

As a Latina it’s always been a tradition to celebrate Christmas Eve (otherwise known as ‘Noche Buena‘) much more than Christmas Day. Christmas Day for us is hangover leftover day, which to many is still a celebration. One of my many aunts invited us to her annual Christmas Eve gathering. It’s been a while since we’ve been there, so this year I’m hoping like every other year: to have a good time with family I often don’t get to spend time with. During this time of year, I love all the Christmas songs that are played in the stores and on my iPhone. That’s right I download Christmas music. Whatever makes us happy. 😉

I just had to have this dress from the Altuzarra for Target collection. Why not? You have a better chance of wearing gowns around the last two seasons of the year than any other time of the year. Gowns are easy to put on, glamorous and always make a statement, even if you’re turning heads or trying to fit your dress through a door. I altered my dress (lower v neck also known as a deep V and a higher slit to show how much I’ve been working out -Not!) for a sexier touch and I really loved how it came out in pictures. What do you think of my alterations?

Where will you be spending Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day? Most importantly, what will you be wearing?

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! 🙂

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Altuzarra for Target Orchid Print Maxi Dress, $69.99; now available via ebay.com.
  • Forever 21 Strappy Faux Suede Sandals (sold out); similar here, splurge here
  • H&M Rings (no longer available)
  • Opi Nail Laquer, ‘Got The Blues For Red’, $9.50
  • MAC Cosmetics Fluidline Gel in ‘Blacktrack’ on the eyes
  • Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in ‘Speak Your Mind’, $18

Golden Opportunity

I knew I was going to wear this sweater again, just two of my favorites in one, black and gold. It also makes me feel relieved that my money spent on a fashion collaboration hasn’t gone to waste. Gold is definitely my favorite metal of choice. I’d pick gold over silver or rose gold any day. These shoes in particular caught my eye because of it’s metallic accents. I was dying to wear an outfit that could comfortably pass off as glamorous. Shoes always accomplish that for me and I love wearing these Jessica Simpson pair any chance I get. A slouchy sweater and boyfriend jeans is almost like being in pajamas all day! Now if only I could sleep in…

What fashion collaboration has been your favorite thus far?

What’s your favorite metallic?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  •  Altuzarra for Target Sweater with Crane Embroidery, $49.99 (sold out)
  • Joe Fresh Boyfriend Jean in Medium Wash; $49 (sold out), Light Wash still available viajoefresh.com, similar here
  • Jessica Simpson ‘Calkins’ in Gold-Clear Liquid Metallic Heels via 6pm.com; $64.99 (also available in Black and Gunmetal), similar here

Getting Witchy With It

If you’re not into Halloween and there’s no way you’re getting into a costume, but are dragged to the parade or a party, don’t panic. Right in your closet there’s a costume waiting to be created. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Let your mind wander and think of what you’d like to become. A witch? Take out all your black clothing (I know some of us have more than enough) and start picking your favorite from the bunch, then decide whether you want to be the sexy or classic witch. Halloween gives women the opportunity to play out their fantasies for the whole world to see. Please, spare us a little ladies. If it’s a chilly night and you can’t brave the cold, do as I did; wear a turtleneck tucked into a pencil skirt, tights and some pointed boots like these Altuzarra for Target ones I snagged from the collection to give off a witchy vibe. Tights are the perfect way to stay warm with any costume. The colors are endless too. The finishing touches to your witch costume should be easy, the hat, nose and some evil green face paint! Now if you’re a Halloween fan like I am, getting your makeup done by a professional (at the MAC Soho store) can make you look like this :

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That’s me last year as a Harlequin. 🙂 As much as I like to keep things under a budget, I go all out on Halloween and I’m that person who drags everyone into it too!

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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It was time to bring out another one of my Altuzarra for Target pieces. The week is almost over, but let’s throw it back to Monday. Yes, it’s the worst day of the work week for many (especially for me), so I chose to start off on a good fashion note. You know, happy. There’s something about being dressed up in all black that makes me feel confident, sexy and yes, happy. Although it being a dark color, I don’t see it that way. And you shouldn’t either. Don’t worry, be happy. It sure won’t be the last time you see me in this sweater, just look at those cranes! Even if you don’t have the broadest shoulders in the pact, wearing a top with shoulder detail can make anyone want to do the ‘shoulder lean, shoulder lean.” Here I paired the beautiful gold birds with a black faux leather skirt and black strappy sandals, the perfect debut. I kept my hair sleek with a middle part, for an overall ‘put together’ look.

Speaking of happy, tomorrow’s Friday! 🙂

How are you rockin’ your Altuzarra for Target pieces lately?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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“I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.” — Carrie Bradshaw

It’s been five days sine the launch of the Altuzarra For Target Collection. Finally! The wait is over!

After an hour and a half on line, a manager at the 225th street/Riverdale location where we were waiting, came out and told me, my team and the rest of the line that it was not going to be sold there! I freaked out, even dropping the F bomb on her: “Are you f***ing kidding me?” Manager: “No.” As if this didn’t mean anything to her. As if making this month’s sales goal in one day meant nothing to her. We ran out of there so fast. I just couldn’t waste any more time on her, her story and her lack of fashion sense. It was time to put our heads together and find Targets within our reach. We got in our getaway car and drove to the Bronx Terminal market where there wasn’t really much of the collection nor was there any excitement whatsoever. I was in a panic because my number one reason in running around like a crazy person was to get my hands on the maxi dress that I plan to wear to my friend’s wedding. Huddle time! Next stop? Harlem! I didn’t even remember getting there, I just remember we didn’t make a line and I found myself bumping into fashionistas with a load of clothes across their arms, in carts, with friends! After a few grabs here and there, my next strategy was to follow people and the items they had that I wanted, I needed. After negotiating with a fellow shopper who had all the sizes of the Orchid Maxi dress (her sister chose my dress for her bridesmaids, the nerve!), she tried on the dress and before I knew it, I walked out of Target with a big smile on my face. Did I mention I also purchased everything online first? A girl’s got to be able to secure her wardrobe. Wink, wink.

Above are all the looks currently in my closet. I can’t wait to style and share them with all of you.

Did you make the line at Target this past weekend? Are you happy with all your purchases?

Have a beautiful weekend! ❤

xoxo, Budget$ai